Threepence 1947, Coin from Fiji - detailed information

Threepence 1947, Coin from Fiji (demonetised 1969)
CoinThreepence 1947

The 3 pence denomination was not introduced in 1934 with other Fijian coins. In part this was for fear that this high denomination would be used in pricing rather than the penny or halfpenny. Later World War II forced delay and it was not until 1947 that the introduction was agreed to. The shape and alloy of the coin were the same as the British 3 pence coin but it is thinner and has a crowned portrait of the King. The reverse was designed by Reginald George James Berry of the New Zealand Numismatic Society (master tools modelled by Percy Metcalf).

The coins, though dated 1947 were struck in February 1948. A small number of Proof of Record pieces were struck for public collections.

MintRoyal Mint Mintage450,000
Fiji / Threepence 1947 - obverse photo

Crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; the artist's initials PM, below bust truncation.

Obverse Inscription GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Fiji / Threepence 1947 - reverse photo

At centre between palm trees a Fijian bure (a local dwelling); around above FIJI 1947; around below, THREE PENCE.

Reverse Inscription FIJI 1947 THREE PENCE
EdgeEdge Inscription

Original information:
- 79th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1948, His Majesty's Stationary Office, London, 1950, p.4-5, 15

Threepence 1947: Known varieties
Variety Proof Fiji / Threepence 1947 / Proof - obverse photo Fiji / Threepence 1947 / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage unknown
Threepence 1947: References to Information Used
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
Threepence 1947: Details
CurrencyFijian Pound
Coin TypeThreepence
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyPortrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Face Value3 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1969)
MaterialNickel-Brass (Neusilber)
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagonal (12-sided)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)6.1700
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Threepence 1947: Photos
Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Fiji, 1947
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Proof.
Proof Coin - 3 Pence, Fiji, 1947
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Proof.
Threepence 1947: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsFiji KM# 15